Volunteer Information

Current Volunteers

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Prospective Volunteers

Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering with us!  We rely heavily on volunteers to give the animals the quality of care that we feel is important and to do be able to offer all the programs that we do. We depend on our volunteers and expect you to take this commitment seriously. Please take some time to read through the various volunteer opportunities available at the animal shelter and see if there is a position that interests you and if you can meet the requirements and commitment we ask. Those 18 years of age and older should fill out the “Adult Volunteer Application.” Those between the ages of 12 and 17 should fill out the “Junior Volunteer Application.” For safety reasons, we cannot accommodate volunteers under the age of 12.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteerwithanimals@rpcity.org or 707-584-2971. Thank you again so much for your interest. We hope to see you volunteering at the animal shelter soon!

School-Required Community Service

At this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rohnert Park Animal Services is not scheduling community service volunteer events. Please check back to see if any upcoming events have been added.

Junior Volunteer Program

At this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not scheduling any new Junior Volunteer orientations and trainings. Please check back to see if any opportunities have been scheduled.

Adult Volunteer Program

Adult volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one shift per week, for at least six months, on a regular schedule. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities working with the animals as well as working with the public. Please read the following descriptions and see if an area matches your skills and interests.

Kennel Assistant

Keeping the animals clean and healthy is our first priority. Kennel Assistants assist shelter staff in the mornings with the day-to-day care of our animals including the cleaning of all of the kennels and cages, keeping up with laundry and dishes, restocking supplies, providing enrichment for the animals, and all the little details that keep a shelter running smoothly. This is the most hands-on, direct animal care!

Kennel Closer

Kennel Closers assist our staff with evening feedings, taking dogs out to the fields, finishing the last loads of laundry and dishes from the day, and ensuring all animals have safe, clean cages and kennels for the night.

Front Office

When we are open to the public our front office is a busy place! Our Front Office Assistants answer phones, help with a variety of administrative tasks, and see adoptions through from introducing potential adopters to the right animals to completing the adoption of an animal. If you are a people person this may be the place for you!

Animal Socializing

Cat Cuddler – Being caged is frustrating and boring. Help keep our cats sane and social by giving them the extra attention they need. Includes grooming, nail trimming, and lots of loving.

Dog Handler – Our dogs needs regular exercise and socialization, not to mention a little training. Most of our dogs are very exuberant and require patience. Several training sessions are required but some prior dog handling experience is preferred.

Bunny Hugger – Small companion animals need daily handling to remain friendly and social. Also includes grooming, nail trimming, and giving treats.  Bunny Huggers assist with our monthly “Meet the Bunny” events.

Foster Care

Bring orphaned, young kittens or moms with litters into your home so they have a clean, quiet place to grow up. Animals are returned to the shelter for adoption when they are ready (yes, you have to give them back!). Usually is a 2-8 week commitment per litter. Here’s a politically correct way to have kittens!

For more information about foster care, please click here.

Adoption Outreach

Promote adoptions and public awareness by bringing animals to off-site locations, usually weekends or evenings. Need office training for paperwork and must be a people person!

Veterinary Assistant

Assist with spay/neuter surgeries and health checks. Make up medications, prepare surgical packs and more.  Great experience for future vets and techs.

Fundraising/Special Events

The Animal Shelter League is a volunteer non-profit group that supports the shelter through fundraising and special community events.  If working inside the shelter is not for you, here is a great way to still help the animals!

For more information about the Animal Shelter League, please click here.

Other Jobs

Have a particular skill to share?  Photography? Web Savvy? Data entry? Carpentry? Sewing?  Graphic design?  Let’s find a way to use your skills!

Next Step

If you are interested in learning more about the volunteer opportunities we have available at this time, please submit an application and you will be contacted by our Volunteer Coordinator. You will be asked to attend an orientation and a training session in your area of interest. If these positions do not meet your needs or interests at this time, we understand, and thank you for thinking of us.

We are now using an online registration system.  Please click on the appropriate link and complete an application.

Want more information? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteerwithanimals@rpcity.org or 707-584-2971.